New technology for songwriters to help detect plagiarism, developed by Spotify.
The patent, titled “Plagiarism Risk Detector and Interface” will be able to track down plagiarism on musicians lead sheets. If you’re not familiar with a lead sheet, it is a kind of musical score that makes note of the songs core elements such as the lyrics, melody, and harmony.
The technology will function by sending lead sheets through the detector. It will comb through the elements from the lead sheet while screening through Spotify‘s vast collection. It will then generate any similarities found for review. This could be anything from chord progressions to sections of melodies.
View the full patent here.
Above is an excerpt of the patent from Music Business World Wide.
Traditionally the plagiarism detection process has been done manually, and it outsourced to members of an artists team. This new technology and process makes things seemingly easier as well as more accurate, with its visualizations of exactly what is deemed to be plagiarized.
Richard Busch, one of the most well known lawyers, who you will remember handling the infringement case against Pharell Williams and Robin Thicke ripping off Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up, with their hit Blurred Lines. Spotify’s patent adds that “manual detection of music plagiarism requires substantial effort, skill and excellent memory, and is generally known to be impractical”.
Another key feature of this, is that fact that it also can be done and used in real time. This would help artists to avoid infringement before they move forward with labels and the full release strategy and risk running into problems down the line once the track has already been released.
The world of being a musician and producer is not for everyone. It comes with many challenges and speed bumps along the way, and one slip up can cost you your entire career. Softwares like these are a step in the right direction, to help combat unoriginality. With Spotify developing automated technology to help detect plagiarism for artists it makes the music industry a better place for all. If you’re outsourcing your plagiarism detection, you might find there is much other work to be outsourced to help you focus on your sole purpose, making music. Here’s more on 4 Reasons You Need A Music Marketing Agency.
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